DMK justifies giving Rajya Sabha seat to Congress

March 8th, 2008 - 8:05 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, March 8 (IANS) DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Saturday justified his decision to refuse PMK’s demand for a Rajya Sabha seat and explained why the nomination is being given to the Congress party. In a statement, the DMK chief said: “I would have fully supported and ensured a seat for the PMK, had the tenure of Anbumani (Ramadoss) ended.”

“But that is not the case and PMK nominee’s term comes to an end only after two years,” he said, adding, now it is the turn of ally Congress to get a seat.

Appealing to all parties in the Democratic Progressive Alliance, Karunanidhi said: “It is only just and fair that the DMK and other allies support the nominees of the Congress party.”

“The DMK is not a party which has not given opportunity to its allies,” Karunanidhi said, adding that though the ruling party has 96 members in the state assembly and “can win easily three seats with just six more votes” it has chosen not to do so.

The PMK got a Rajya Sabha seat in 2004 while in 2007, Communist Party of India’s (CPI) D. Raja was elected from Tamil Nadu.

This year, the Congress, with 35 members in the state assembly, has sought two seats. This means, while G.K. Vasan’s seat remains secure, Jayanti Natarajan is also likely to get elected.

The DMK is likely to give one seat to the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) this year, Karunanidhi indicated.

Six Rajya Sabha seats from Tamil Nadu fall vacant in March. One will go to the opposition AIADMK. Two are likely to be with the DMK, two with the Congress and one with the CPI-M.

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